Thunder and lightning a little frightening

A further 60 to 90 millimetres of rain could fall up to about 8pm tonight.

A further 60 to 90 millimetres of rain could fall up to about 8pm tonight.

Wet weather hits the Bay. State highway 2 at Tongoio, near Napier. 7th March 2018 Hawke's Bay Today Photograph by Paul Taylor.
Steve Winter leaves his house with a few belongings, Shaw Road, Eskdale. Hawke's Bay Today Photograph by Warren Buckland.
State highway 2 at Tongoio, near Napier. Hawke's Bay Today Photograph by Paul Taylor.

A loud thunderstorm and lightning gave many Gisborne people an early start this morning,

MetService has a severe weather warning, including a thunderstorm warning, in place today for the region.

The wet, unsettled weather is a result of a low pressure system east of the North Island delivering heavy falls and thunderstorms.

The low is forecast to move away to the east this afternoon and the rain should ease, with showers forecast for the weekend.

The heavy rain warning was for Wairoa, Gisborne and the East Coast south of about Tokomaru Bay until this afternoon.

A further 60 to 90 millimetres of rain could fall up to about 8pm tonight.

Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm an hour and thunderstorms are possible.

There were varying amounts of rain around the district yesterday, according to Gisborne District Council’s environmental monitoring.

Some areas had none while there was 30 to 40mm in some coastal areas and to the west of Gisborne, and 153mm recorded at Waipaoa Station.

Tairawhiti Civil Defence Emergency Management manager Louise Bennett said they were monitoring this event and keeping an eye on the track of Cyclone Hola, the remnants of which are expected to sweep over New Zealand on Monday.

People should check the New Zealand Transport Agency website for an up-to-date roading report before travelling north or south.

A loud thunderstorm and lightning gave many Gisborne people an early start this morning,

MetService has a severe weather warning, including a thunderstorm warning, in place today for the region.

The wet, unsettled weather is a result of a low pressure system east of the North Island delivering heavy falls and thunderstorms.

The low is forecast to move away to the east this afternoon and the rain should ease, with showers forecast for the weekend.

The heavy rain warning was for Wairoa, Gisborne and the East Coast south of about Tokomaru Bay until this afternoon.

A further 60 to 90 millimetres of rain could fall up to about 8pm tonight.

Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm an hour and thunderstorms are possible.

There were varying amounts of rain around the district yesterday, according to Gisborne District Council’s environmental monitoring.

Some areas had none while there was 30 to 40mm in some coastal areas and to the west of Gisborne, and 153mm recorded at Waipaoa Station.

Tairawhiti Civil Defence Emergency Management manager Louise Bennett said they were monitoring this event and keeping an eye on the track of Cyclone Hola, the remnants of which are expected to sweep over New Zealand on Monday.

People should check the New Zealand Transport Agency website for an up-to-date roading report before travelling north or south.

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